Having 5 Great Tips for your Business is essential when you have a holiday looming. Especially if your business is working well and your client-work is coming in nicely. Are you running smoothly for ‘that’ family holiday which may be creeping up! Your family are muttering that you need to buy this, pack that, but you’re putting the inevitable to the back of your To-Do list, and mind. Oh no!
It’s your business that will suffer if you don’t schedule something! Whether it’s your annual summer holiday or the festive period or a half-term break with the children, the planning will be the same if you adopt a simple process.
I can speak from experience – It wasn’t a holiday that I had to undertake major planning for, but an illness, unfortunately. Disaster Planning can affect not only illness for yourself, but for your partner’s illness. A family member being ill or even a domestic crisis such as an accident or technical issues can put your business behind.
Last year I was quite ill for several weeks. But, because I had a number of mechanisms in place, my clients didn’t really get to hear about it. I had backups in place. I was ill from early in December. Right up until the end of January I was panicking that I wouldn’t be well enough for a special event in my life, which was not great, I can tell you.
It’s not like being employed, you can’t just ‘take time off’ and stay at home and sleep off the illness. As a freelancer or sole trader, it’s a little different, you are obligated to contact your clients. It’s essential to keep them updated and give them options as to what they would like to do with the options available and what suggestions you put forward to them.
I have given you 5 Great Tips to ensure that they will keep you and your business running smoothly during your holiday period to giving maximum output for both productivity and efficiency for yourself and your clients:
5 GREAT TIPS
The most important is that you take time to relax and rest on your holiday.
You need to have a Disaster Recovery Plan. This is your backup plan, your ‘what-if’. What if the laptop breaks down, what if I can’t get hold of this product for my salon, what if I lose a client, will my finances cover my outgoings?
Can you delegate any of your tasks and processes to anyone to ensure that you can relax whilst on your holiday? Can you prepare this in advance of your holiday and prepare any contracts for this and advise your clients who is going to be working on their projects during this time.
Ensure that you schedule your social media posts to continue whilst you are on your holiday as it is important to keep your visibility well, visible. Marketing only works well, if you do this consistently, as we all know.
Set up your Out of Office and filter your emails accordingly. It’s also a great idea to use an email signature-stamp too. Be consistent with your imagery and branding to create some consistency across all of your social media platforms.
These are only a few of many, many tips that are available from NottmVA to keep you time-managed, productive and efficient in the running of your business. It is a well-known fact that it is essential to have down-time from your business to not only spend time with your family and loved ones but to be refreshed, focussed and come back to your business with new ideas and new energy.
I have contracts that I send to my clients for both GDPR compliance and also for booking forms and Terms and Conditions with follow-up support, that is great for that ever-forgiving disaster recovery plan.
I use all of the tips mentioned above (and many more) as I wouldn’t want to have ‘that’ telephone call with my clients to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to complete a deadline – would you?
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If you need to delegate any of your administration and social media support so you can enjoy your forthcoming holidays please contact NottmVA for further information.